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New York City

The New York City Fashion Scene

New York City is the fashion capital of the world. The city has held this title longer than any other city on the planet and even in rough times, the fashion scene still thrived. Simply put, everything that is anything begins and ends in New York City, and the rest of the world is all too happy to follow New York’s lead. Just a few things that set New York City apart are the world’s first and largest fashion week (80 shows), more than 175,000 fashion industry jobs (more than 7,000 are in fashion design), and some of the world’s top fashion schools.

Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Fashion Scene

Los Angeles is a fashion capital. Depending on the publication, it falls somewhere between number one and five on the list of the world’s fashion capitals. It shares the title with other fashion forward cities such as New York, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Milan. It’s easy to understand why. This multi-million dollar global fashion center is off the charts, with every major fashion designer in the world represented throughout the hundreds of shops, department stores, and design studios across the city.

Chicago

The Chicago Fashion Scene

Chicago is home to more upscale shops, department stores, and malls than anywhere else in the Midwest. Although millions of visitors shop the Magnificent Mile for everything from high-end fashions at Chanel, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs to budget fashions at H&M, the city is home to dozens of shopping areas that address all styles and budgets. Head to Wicker Park for funky, trendy, upscale or classic fashions or make your way to Lincoln Park or Lakeview for a mix of unique boutiques and big name retailers such as Aldo, Limited, and Gap. Roscoe Village and Andersonville are also popular places to find independent shops and boutiques that sell fashions you just won’t find anywhere else. 

Interviewer

Fashion-Schools.org has had the great fortune of being able to interview some of the most interesting and knowledgeable people in the world of fashion design.  Below is a list of fashion industry professionals that have been interviewed as part of our interview series to date.

CMG

Careers in fashion span the gauntlet and can propel aspiring designers into a wide variety of job roles. Patti Call of the Color Marketing Group can certainly attest to that. Patti is the Vice President of CMG, an international association that focuses on the development of color trends across fashion, design, branding and marketing industries.

Wink

Richard Boynton's heart lies in design, and his head in the ruthless business world. When Richard co-founded strategic brand design company Wink he found a link between his head and heart, and has been happily successful ever since.

Wyoming

Overview

Wyoming is home to artists of all kinds, from western and wildlife artists to singing cowboys. Head to Jackson for a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art or travel to the Wind River Reservations to watch world-class dancers perform. If you really want to experience something special, take a drive to Cody and listen to the cowboy’s sing. Just about every city here has its fair share of skilled craftspeople too. Some have their own shops, while others sell their creations to retail venues across the country.

Vermont

Overview

Vermont is nothing like the bigger states on the map when it comes to fashion, but its laid-back locals do spend a fair amount of time piecing together perfect “activity-specific” outfits. Some go for the flip-flops, trendy tee, and designer jeans look while out shopping or hanging with friends, while others go for a more classic look for lunching or catching a flick. These styles are for daytime use only, of course. At night, diners, bar hoppers, and theatergoers dress up in chic clothing that proves they know what’s hot and what’s not. Locals can find the latest and greatest at malls such as Burlington Town Center in downtown Burlington or the eclectic boutiques of Church Street Marketplace, also in Burlington. Just a few popular Church Street shops include Downtown Threads, Sweet Lady Jane, and Whim Boutique.

South Dakota

Overview

South Dakota is home to beautiful shopping malls and unique shops filled with accessories, jewelry by local designers, and more. The state is also home to a wide variety of boutiques that sell a mix of locally produced fashions and the latest fashions from coast to coast. Some of the state’s best shopping malls can be found in both small towns and large cities, but a large number of boutiques, department stores, and other upscale shopping venues are in large cities such as Sioux Falls—the state’s largest city, and Rapid City. In Sioux Falls, Empire Mall is where fashionistas go to find name brands and the latest fashions. In Rapid City, Rushmore Mall and downtown Rapid City are the most popular shopping venues.

North Dakota

Overview

North Dakota has beautiful scenery, quaint towns, and hundreds of shops that sell everything from antiques and vintage clothing to fashions and jewelry by local designers.

The style here is nothing like other trendy places such as New York and California, but the locals do still care about fashion. Locals dress in casual gear from stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, Gap, and any number of western stores. They also shop for flirty dresses and unique outfits at boutiques and department stores such as Macy’s.